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#2878555 - 09/12/17 05:46 AM Steinway Piano Technician in LA?
dsetto Offline
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Loc: Los Angeles
Can you recommend an LA-based piano technician to replace the front & back action in my 1890's Steinway A?

I also need the pedal redone as it's too noisy.

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#2878584 - 09/12/17 07:57 AM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: dsetto]
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Dave Ferris might know...
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#2878620 - 09/12/17 10:20 AM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Dave for sure!
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#2878644 - 09/12/17 11:49 AM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: Legatoboy]
Dave Ferris Offline
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What area are you in ?
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#2878713 - 09/12/17 04:05 PM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: Dave Ferris]
dsetto Offline
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I'm in West LA, Dave.

The pin block is fine. It holds its tune. I've owned the piano for a very long time. It has a very nice sound. It's weaker in octaves 5&6. But, the piano is too loud in my tiled, living room, after removing a huge rug and huge cloth couch. The strings are about 35 years old. I plan to replace the entire original action.

This piano doesn't have original keys or legs. It has original soundboard, no cracks. Has cosmetic issues, but I don't care about that, nor plan on putting $ there.

Unknowns on this piano:
- will I be able to end up with a quiet sustain pedal?
- can I get about the fastest action on this piano's model. (Like Yamaha CF fast.)

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#2878720 - 09/12/17 04:34 PM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: dsetto]
Dave Ferris Offline
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Ah ok. I don't know if Richard Davenport would want to mess with it but he's the BEST on the Westside. If he doesn't, I'm sure he could recommend someone.

Jason Kane is in the Valley and did the work for my friend with his older Bluthner on the action.

Teri Meredyth- I'm using her now since my long time guy raised his basic tuning price to $300 this year. She's excellent and a sweetheart. She just retired from UCLA after taking care of the Steinways for 30 years at Royce Hall. If she doesn't have time, she could certainly recommend someone as well.

Annie Haydon- she worked on my D early on and is very good...probably even better now as this was at least 9-10 years ago.. She's from NYC I think and used to do work at Avery Fisher from I remember her telling me. I think she's at the Colburn School/Zipper Hall and in charge of all their pianos.

You might even get a recommendation from Pierre Julia at Pierre's Fine Pianos. Tell him I said for you to call.

I don't want to put personal phone #s or emails up on the internet so PM if you can't find contacts on any of these people. Good luck. smile
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#2878734 - 09/12/17 05:35 PM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: Dave Ferris]
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#2878737 - 09/12/17 05:47 PM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: OB Dave]
Dave Ferris Offline
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Yes Jim's another one I forgot about. Tell him I said to call. He re-built Terry Trotter's beloved Steinway B years ago and Terry loved the work he did.

Jason Kane would definitely be someone I'd contact the more I think about it. My friend has that old 1919-1929 era, hard to work on Bluthner action (it has a specific name but I can't recall it) and Jason did excellent work.
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#2878760 - 09/12/17 07:56 PM Re: Steinway Piano Technician in LA? [Re: Dave Ferris]
dsetto Offline
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Loc: Los Angeles
Very generous, Dave. Thank you!! And thank you, OB Dave.

I believe replacing the action on my piano is the least expensive way I can get the best playable piano.

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